What languages are intelligent people learning across the world? I'm talking about say College students or such who are truly learning the language, not some Portuguese fuck who flunked out of high school and knows a bit of English.
If its English, then whats the 2nd most studied language in the world? Mandarin, French, Spanish, Japanese?
1. J'ai appris le français, ce qui ne m'a aidé en rien pour devenir plus intelligent
2. Ich hab Deutsch gelernt, was mir auch gar nicht beim Klugwerden geholfen hat.
I did these two things because I like langauge, not because I wanted to be a smartypants or seem educated or more intelligent. As an English speaker, I would've been able to get by most places for the rest of my life without learning another langauge.
If we're being honest, it would be French. For some reason many institutions still hold French in very high esteem. For example, it's funny to see a committee at the UN full of non-Francophones who are compelled to speak in French. For whom, I don't know. Most francophone countries are impoverished.
Let's examine the other contenders:
Possibly if you are STEM
No educated audience, except maybe a few Chinese, would go for it.
It's a fad language, if you're doing it to work in business or international relations, the people you'd deal with would be near-fluent in English.
Correct me if I'm wrong - but Spain seems to be a fun "getaway" for many Europeans, so they gravitate towards Castilian. Practically speaking, most Spanish speakers are China-tier, i.e. you wouldn't engage with most of them in a professional sense.
Of course they are
There is no reason to learn japanese outside of wanting to become able to read manga, light novels, watch anime, listen to shitty pop music or fansubbing all that shit.
>you wouldn't engage with most of them in a professional sense.
Maybe not there or with everyday people, but not here with businessmen or politicians
Nobody speaks english here for good (unless they had been raised in an anglophone country), so of course they need it to engage in business or political activities in this part of the world. At least you need an hispanic "american" fluent in both english and spanish to fill the post.
Some of these countries are "pursuing" fluency in english, though.
I say pursuing between quotation marks since the governments are only making half assed efforts to turn their citizens into bilinguals.
Even your ambassador has to know spanish (knows spanish)